Though the road to the Women’s College World Series has not been easy for no. 1 Oregon Softball, the Ducks understand that nothing will get easier for them in Oklahoma City on the quest for a national championship. Oregon followed a Super Regional opening loss 9-6 to Kentucky with back-to-back dominant elimination game victories, but still must face the seven other highest seeded teams in the country in OKC. Before the team headed out to the Midwest, Head Coach Mike White, catcher Gwen Svekis, and third baseman Jenna Lilley all spoke to the media Memorial Day morning about the challenges awaiting them. The team plays Arizona State at 9AM PT on Thursday, while Oklahoma and Washington will do battle on the other side of the pool; UCLA, Georgia, Florida, and Florida State comprise the other side of the bracket.
Head Coach Mike White
Catcher Gwen Svekis
Third Baseman Jenna Lilley
Oregon Softball is heading back to the Women’s College World Series for the second straight year and their fourth time in five years because of an 11-1 mercy rule victory over the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday night. The Ducks were in control nearly all afternoon as they scored 7 runs in the second inning. Shannon Rhodes led off the second inning taking the first pitch she saw over the right field wall. Three at bats later, senior Jenna Lilley laced a single down the first base line to score Mia Camuso. Finally with the bases loaded, another senior, DJ Sanders, unleashed on a 1-0 fastball and hit a grand slam over the left-centerfield wall. With a comfortable 7-0 lead after two full innings, Oregon continued to pile on scoring four more runs in the third and fourth innings. In Gwen Svekis’s last at-bat in Jane Sanders Stadium, she hit her fourth career triple to the right field wall to score DJ Sanders and Alexis Mack. With a comfortable 10-0 lead for right hander Miranda Elish, she finally surrendered her first run in her four appearances this postseason allowing a solo shot to Brooklin Hinz. Nonetheless, Elish was incredible going 5 complete innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits. The Ducks will await their opponent, but have booked themselves their second consecutive trip to Oklahoma City to play in the 2018 Women’s College World Series.
Game Story: (By: Bill Braker)
Post Game Audio
Head Coach Mike White, Miranda Elish, and DJ Sanders
Head Coach Rachel Lawson, Brooklin Hinz, and Jenny Schaper
Catcher Gwen Svekis